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1/16/04

French Culture Minister to visit Iran's quake-hit Bam

French Culture and Communications Minister Jean Jacques Igon is to visit Iran's quake-hit city of Bam on Saturday, IRNA reported from Paris.

The Culture and Communication Ministry of French said Igon's aim of his visit is to inspect the quake-demolished city and to assess the requirements of the survivors.

He is to discuss with the Iranian authorities the modalities of France's offer of humanitarian and relief aid to the victims.

Igon would be accompanied by representatives from the High Architectural School of Grenoble where there are labs on the mud-brick monuments and buildings.

The Grenoble Architectural School has links with the United ations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Iranian institutions working on cultural heritage.

The French minister is to hold talks with the Iranian officials on the relief aid and sanitary issues of the quake-hit people. France sent rescue teams to Bam in the quake's aftermath and set up a field hospital for giving emergency medical services to those in need.

Teams of various European states including France arrived in southeastern Iranian quake- flattened city of Bam after the disaster to examine ways of providing quake survivors with relief assistance. The teams comprised technicians, water purifying and health experts as well as civil engineers.

Nine relief workers from France got active to treat possible survivors or recover bodies of the victims.

The team said it is more pleasant for members of his team to save lives of people, especially children, trapped under the debris than attending Christmas celebrations.

The team head said it was an honor for members of his team to be present in areas hit by natural disasters.

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